The Wolf People: a pinnacle of animation [critique]

What if Hayao Miyazaki’s heir was Irish? With The Wolf People, ecological and feminist legend, Tomm More confirms that he is a master of animation.

Young Robyn does not intend to live in a cloistered house, cleaning up, while her father goes to hunt wolves on behalf of a lord who wants to clear his forest of them. Courageous and skillful at the slingshot, the young girl disobeys her father’s orders to explore the nature that surrounds her. She will meet Mebh, a strange child, and enter a legendary world ignored by men. After Brendan and the Secret of the Kells, Tomm More draws on the source of Celtic legends to invent a modern and powerful tale. Led by a strong female character, The wolf people deals with eminently contemporary subjects such as the place of women in society, respect for nature, the integration of foreigners and government through fear. However, behind these “serious” themes, it is indeed a fable within the reach of young and old that offers The Wolf People with friendship and solidarity in flags.

As in The Song of the Sea, previous achievement of Tomm More, the emphasis is on a very elaborate visual universe: the color palette of the forest, the multitude of details in the animation, the sense of movement. Traditional handmade animation here is at its highest level! Combined with the melodies of Bruno Coulais (his official composer since his first film) and the songs of the group Kila which highlight the harp and traditional Irish instruments, this visual enchantment is a treat.

Of Tomm More and Ross Stewart. Duration: 1h55. Release October 20, 2021

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